Golden State Warriors game wrap: Another Road Loss For Warriors – Lose to Thunder 137-128

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots as Golden State Warriors guard Donte DiVincenzo, right, defends in the first half at Oklahoma City on Tue Mar 7, 2023 (AP News photo)

Another Road Loss For Warriors – Lose to Thunder 137-128

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors (34-32) took on the Thunder in Oklahoma City (31-34). The Warriors are still looking to turn things around as they enter another road game searching for a winning formula that has so far eluded them this season. Anthony Lamb did not play in this game with foot soreness and Andrew Wiggins remains out.

The Warriors did not want to fall into an early hole in this game. The Warriors have seen this over and over in the first quarter of these road games. Unfortunately for Golden State it was more of the same and they trailed after the first 12 minutes 40-30 and couldn’t hold on in the end losing to the Thunder 137-128.

The Warriors began to turn things around in the second quarter and when all was said and done had shot ten three’s. They still trailed at the half but it was a manageable 68-64. Stephen Curry had 16 points and Klay Thompson had the high with 17. A real shift in favor of the Warriors could be sensed as the “Splash Brothers” got things rolling in the first half.

Golden State took a slim lead in the third quarter as this game remained very tight mid-way through the quarter 83-82 in favor of OKC. The Thunder were beasts from downtown with 14 shots made and five minutes left in the quarter. The Warriors were getting some great looks but could not connect and with 1:37 left in the quarter were faced with an 11 point deficit 101-92.

After three quarters OKC led 105-99. The Warriors have not won a game when trailing after three quarters. The good news however was that Curry was seven of eight from beyond the arc going into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors needed stops and they needed to make shots. It just didn’t happen and the Thunder rode comfortably across the finish line 137-128. You had a game with Curry scoring 40 points, seven assists and Thompson with 23 and Kuminga with 21?

Golden State hit 20 shots from beyond the arc, shoots at almost 53% and still lost. It all points squarely at the defense. With that said, the Warriors did miss too many open shots and had to many turnovers and fouls. It’s yet another road lose as this scourge continues.

Golden State has one more game left on this short road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings looking to avenge Clippers tonight at Golden 1

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Tre Mann, center, shoots between Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) and forward Domantas Sabonis (10) in the first half in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Kings took the court without De’Aaron Fox out with a wrist issue. Sacramento extended the Thunder’s losing streak to four straight games 123-117 on Tuesday night.

#2 The Kings came out strong in the first quarter winning the first 12 minutes 44-38. Sacramento had a great offensive start shooting at 66%.

#3 The Kings saw some beautiful ball movement in the second quarter as the Kings extended their lead to 68-59 with two minutes left in the half. They had led in the quarter by as much as 15 points. 

#4 In the absence of Fox the man of the hour with the high score was Barnes shooting for 29 points. Sabonis had 22 and Kevin Huerter with 20 points. The Thunder got close at times but the Kings held on for the win.

#5 Friday night the Kings will be facing a very tough Los Angeles Clipper team at Golden 1 Center. Los Angeles will be looking to avenge the double overtime they lost to Sacramento back on February 24th. The score in that game was 176-175. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Join Jeremiah for the Sacramento Kings podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings game wrap: No Fox? No Problem as Sacramento Beats OKC 123-117

The Oklahoma Thunder’s forward Jalen Williams (8) sets up as the Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) gets ready to defend at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Tue Feb 28, 2023 (@SacramentoKings photo)

No Fox? No Problem as Sacramento Beats OKC 123-117

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Sacramento Kings (36-26) took on the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-33) at Paycom Center after beating them Sunday 124- 115. The Kings took the court without De’Aaron Fox out with a wrist issue. Sacramento extended the Thunder’s losing streak to four straight games 123-117 on Tuesday night.

Game recap: The Kings came out strong in the first quarter winning the first 12 minutes 44-38. Sacramento had a great offensive start shooting at 66%.

The Kings saw some beautiful ball movement in the second quarter as the Kings extended their lead to 68-59 with two minutes left in the half. They had led in the quarter by as much as 15 points. Their shooting percentage had dropped a bit but still outstanding at 60%. Sacramento took a 71- 66 lead into the locker room after the first two quarters.

The Kings got into some early foul trouble in the third quarter. Domantas Sabonis had four personals and Coach Brown had to pull him and with Fox out, the Kings would need all hands on deck for the remainder of the quarter. Sacramento had really cooled off from downtown but still held onto the lead after three 93-87.

They were shooting at 50.8 percent. The offense had fallen off and they would need to shore it up in the fourth quarter if they wanted to close this game out.

The Thunder would not go away and with nine minutes left in the game it was all tied up at 98. The Kings continued to struggle from beyond the arc. Harrison Barnes broke the drought hitting a three at 7:36 to give Sacramento a slim lead 101-98.

Sacramento had a frenzied sequence and with 5:46 left on the clock had extended their lead to ten 110-100. Again it was Harrison Barnes with yet another three that pushed the lead in favor of Sacramento. Every starter was shooting in double digits although the team was really missing the ball handling and speed of Fox. The final was 123-117 in favor of the Kings.

In the absence of Fox the man of the hour with the high score was Barnes shooting for 29 points. Sabonis had 22 and Kevin Huerter with 20 points. The Thunder got close at times but the Kings held on for the win.

Again the Kings struggled with protecting the ball. They had 17 turnovers.

Friday night the Kings will be facing a very tough Los Angeles Clipper team at Golden 1 Center. Los Angeles will be looking to avenge the double overtime they lost to Sacramento back on February 24th. The score in that game was 176-175. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Kings Wins Third Game In A Row Defeating Thunder 124-115

The Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) goes for the two pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s guard Isiah Joe (left) in Oklahoma City on Sun Feb 26, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Wins Third Game In A Row Defeating Thunder 124-115

By Barbara Mason

Coming off of what has got to be the craziest game of this NBA season, the Sacramento Kings (35-25) took on the OKC Thunder (28-32) at Paycom Center Sunday night. The double overtime game the Kings played on Friday night was the second highest scoring contest in NBA history. The Kings won that game over the Clippers 176-175 in a real thriller. They got one day of rest yesterday before heading to Oklahoma to take on the Thunder and picked up their third win in row 124-115.

The Kings got a nice start in the first quarter winning it 36-26. De’Aaron Fox was on fire from the get go and did not take his foot off the pedal through the first half. After two quarters the Kings led 58-50 even though the Thunder won the second quarter 24-22.

OKC continued to push back winning the third quarter 40-36. The Kings still had the lead after three quarters but it was becoming uncomfortably close at 94-90.

Sacramento got some great play off the bench from Trey Lyles and Malik Monk and Fox continued to drain shot after shot in the fourth quarter. With under two minutes the Kings held onto an eight lead 120-112. The nine point win in favor of the Kings for their 35th win of the season.

It was another monster game for Domantas Sabonis with another double double and the man of the hour was Fox with yet another thirty plus game finishing with 33. The guy is a master on offense, defense and at the line. He leads the NBA in clutch points which we saw tonight. Off the bench Lyles had 16 points.

If there was any negative for Sacramento in this game it had to be the uncharacteristic number of turnovers with 20. That most certainly will be addressed before they take the court again.

Tuesday night the Kings will meet in a second game against the Thunder at Paycom looking to win a fourth game in a row since the break. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Kings Battle Through Double Overtime To Beat Clippers 176-175

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, celebrates after scoring as Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. stands in the background during the second half at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Fri Feb 24, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Battle Through Double Overtime To Beat Clippers 176-175

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Sacramento Kings (34-25) took on the Los Angeles Clippers (33-29) at Crypto. com Arena in Los Angeles. The Kings are coming off a win over the Portland Trail Blazers 133-116. De’Aaron Fox scored 31 points in that game and Domantas Sabonis had his seventh triple-double of the season.

They will need more of the same against the Clippers. This was a huge game for the Kings. Right now they were holding onto third place in the Western Conference 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles.

The addition of Russell Westbrook to the Clippers was just one of the many challenges that the Kings faced in this game and they got through it with NBA All Star game type final score Kings edging the Clippers 176-175.

Game recap: Sacramento had a great start knocking down three straight shots from downtown in the first quarter. With 7:39 left in the first 12 minutes the Kings had only missed two shots and led 21-16. They were shooting 66.7% from the field and 60% from downtown.

The Kings were having great success shooting the three ball but as the quarter wore down, the Clippers Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Westbrook really began to flex their muscles. After the opening quarter, this game was tied at 40. The second quarter was close for the most part.

At 5:41 the Clippers had a nine point lead 64-55 but the Kings battled back and at the half trailed by four points 80-76. Fox had the high for the Kings with 16 points. Malik Monk had 13 off the bench and starter Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 7 rebounds.

The Clippers threatened to take control of this game in the third quarter leading at one time by 12 points but the King fought back throughout the quarter. After three quarters the Clippers hung onto a 117-110 lead.

At 7:26 in the fourth quarter the Kings trailed by a single point 130-129. The Clippers were highly favored to win this game but the Kings were stubbornly hanging around throughout this game. Shots from the field were even but the Clippers were having a hay day from downtown shooting at 63.2% to the Kings 44.1% giving the Clippers a huge edge. The Kings would pull to within a single point 149-148 with 33 seconds left in play. As regulation came to an end this game was tied at 153 and the two teams went into overtime.

We would see if the Kings had enough left in the tank after battling from behind throughout much of the game. With 20.4 seconds left in overtime this game was tied at 164. The two teams would take this battle into a second overtime. With 36 seconds left on the clock the Kings had a one point lead.

This was a highly competitive game between the third and fifth place teams in the Western Conference.

Fox would finish the game with 42 points and Monk off the bench had the high for the team with 45 points. Every starter for the Kings finished in double digits.

Sunday the Kings will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Thunder. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: LeBron all time NBA scoring leader coming to Chase Saturday; Ex-Warrior Durant traded to Suns

Former Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul Jabbar (left) passes the record setting basketball for most points in NBA history and the torch to the Lakers LeBron James (right) at Cypto.com Arena in Los Angeles in second half action against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tue Feb 7, 2023. LeBron and the Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors Sat Feb 11, 2023 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Jerry:

#1 The Portland Trail Blazers (27-28) Damian Lillard led the way with a triple double and 33 points he was a tough one to defend and the Blazers came away with a 125-122 victory over the Golden State Warriors (28-27) in Portland on Wednesday night.

#2 Lillard also had 11 assists and ten rebounds, it was also Lillard’s second career triple double. Lillard said he didn’t shoot the ball well but it was his aggressiveness and his attack mode that helped defeat Golden State.

#3 The Warriors Jordan Poole finished on top of all other Warrior scorers with 38 points, Jerry talk about Poole’s contribution to the Warriors offense.

#4 Without guard Stephen Curry in the line up and out with a knee injury Klay Thompson scored 31 points, Thompson scored seven three pointers on his 33rd birthday and stepped it up for the club although they fell short in the end.

#5 Jerry, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are at the Chase Center this Saturday night for a 5:30 pm tip. LeBron set the NBA all time record with 38,388 points surpassing former Laker great Kareem Abdul Jabbar last Tuesday night. LeBron should get a nice ovation for the accomplishment from the Golden State crowd on Saturday.

Jerry Feitelberg does the Golden State Warriors podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors rout OKC Thunder 141-114; Thompson with 42 pts and 12 threes to lead the way

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) dunks between Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green (4) and Houston Rockets forward K.J. Martin, right, during the first half at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Feb 6, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors (28-26) had a tough task on their hands Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-28). The two teams met in OKC just eight days ago. The Thunder gave the Warriors all they could handle before succumbing to the Warriors 129-120 on Mon Jan 30th.

The Warriors knew it would be difficult as their leader, Stephen Curry, is sidelined for at least two weeks with a partial ligament tear in his left knee. Warrior head coach Steve Kerr had to shuffle his lineup, hoping to keep the young Thunder team from beating his team.

Kerr inserted Jonathan Kuminga into the lineup as a forward. Kerr moved Draymond Green to the center position. Jordan Poole replaced Curry in the point guard position. Everyone in the Chase Center thought it would be a very close contest. Everyone was wrong as the Warriors, behind Klay Thompson’s magnificent performance, blew out the Thunder 141-114.

The Thunder, coached by Mark Daignault, got off to an early lead. The Thunder’s young players made several buckets driving to the bucket. The Warriors had no defense against them early in the game. Thompson kept the Warriors close as he knocked down 18 points in the first period. OKC led 37-31 after the first 12 minutes of play.

Things changed for the better for Golden State in the second period. The Warriors found a way to stop the OKC attack. The Warriors defense held the Thunder to 16 points in the quarter. The Warriors offense got going and took the lead 48-46 midway through the period.

The Warriors outscored the Thunder 29-16 to finish the first half with a modest seven-point advantage, 60-53. Thompson finished the first half with 27 points. Thompson made seven threes in nine tries. Andrew Wiggins was second on the team with seven.

The Warriors made 11 threes in 25 attempts. The Warriors held the Thunder’s leading scorer, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who averages 31 points a game, to 12 points in the half. Tre Mann and Aaron Wiggins, no relation to the Warriors Wiggins, each had ten.

The Warriors put the game away in the third quarter. The Warriors did everything right as they outscored the Thunder 44-26. Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Donte DiVincenzo, and Thompson rained down threes on the Thunder. The Warriors finished the third quarter with a 25-point lead, 104-79.

The Warriors kept their foot on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter. The Warriors had blown eight double-digit leads this year. They almost blew the lead Saturday night to the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors were determined to keep the Thunder from getting any momentum to get back into the game.

Thompson made three more threes to finish the night with 12. Thompson’s record for most threes in a game was 14. Poole played well the entire night. Poole finished the night with 21 points and a career-high 12 assists. The Warriors won the game.

Game Notes and Stats- with the win, the Warriors are now 28-26. The Thunder’s record dropped to 25-28.

Thompson led the Warriors with 42 points. He made 12 threes in 16 tries. It was the eighth time in Thompson’s career with ten or more threes in a game. Curry holds the record as he accomplished the feat 22 times. Andrew Wiggins finished with 18. Wiggins played defense superbly as he held Gilgeous-Alexander to 20 points, 11 points below his season’s average. Donte DiVincenzo finished with 14, and JaMychal Green had 12.

The Warrior made 26 threes in 50 tries. The NBA record for most threes in a game is 29. The Warriors moved the ball well, as they found the open man all night. The Warriors recorded 43 assists on 56 baskets.

The Thunder’s leading scorers were Gilgeous-Alexander with 20, Aaron Wiggins with 19, Josh Giddey with 15, and Tre Mann with 18.

After the game, Steve Kerr said he had “the most fun watching the team play this year.” He thought Poole was magnificent. It was high praise for Poole as he has struggled in several games this season. “Jordan’s control, taking care of the ball, was just brilliant all night.” Kerr also remarked that the team’s performance was a “confidence booster.”

The Warriors travel to Portland to face the TrailBlazers Wednesday night. The game will start at six

The Warriors hold on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-113

Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half at the Chase Center on Sat Feb 4, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors hosted the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night at the Chase Center. The Mavs came into town without the services of their All-World star Luka Doncic. Doncic suffered a heel contusion in his last game and could not play.

On the other hand, the Warriors had all their All-Star players back in the lineup. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were back in the lineup with Stephen Curry. However, Curry suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter. X-rays were negative, but Curry will undergo an MRI to see if there was any damage.

At this point in the game, the Warriors led by 16. As in Minnesota last Wednesday night, the Warriors played poorly in the fourth quarter but held on to win 119-113.

The Warriors did everything right in the first half. They ran the court, making three-point shots as they sent a message to Dallas that the Mavericks were in for a rough night. The Warriors led by 15 at the end of the first half, 73-58.

The Mavs fought back in the third period but could not make any headway in closing the deficit as the Warriors won the quarter 29-28. Curry left the game with about two minutes to play in the third period.

Then came the fateful fourth quarter. Knowing the Warriors blew large leads in several games this year, the Mavericks came out firing. Dallas was making stops on defense. The Warriors were committing turnovers, fouling, and their shot selection left much to be desired. The fans were getting nervous as Dallas kept creeping closer.

With just 1;28 left to play, Tim Hardaway, Jr. connected on a three-pointer to bring Dallas within five points, 116-111. Fortunately, the Warriors defense prevailed, and the Warriors were able to pick up the win.

Game Notes: With the win, the Warriors are 27-26 for the year. The Mavs are now 28-26. The Mavs are 0-7 in games without Doncic.

Curry led the team with 21 points. Green had a fantastic performance for the Warriors. Green knocked down 17 points and nine rebounds, and nine assists. Green made a terrific defensive play near the end of the fourth quarter that took the wind out of the Mavs’ sails.

The other Green on the Warriors, JaMychal Green, knocked down 14, and Thompson also had 15. Jonathan Kuniga and Donte DiVincenzz each had 13. Kevon Looney was solid again and added ten more for the Warriors.

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Maverick’s attack with 25. Hardaway, Jr. had 22, and Dorian Finney-Smith added 18.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr had this to say about the team’s performance “I think when we get down the stretch, we stop doing the things that worked,” Draymond said. “When you have something that works all game long, you don’t go away from it.”

The Warriors meet the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7 pm.

Golden State Wins Despite Thunder Challenge 128-120

Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) in the first half  at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Mon Jan 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

Golden State Wins Despite Thunder Challenge 128-120

By Barbara Mason

Two teams with close to identical records clashed Monday night. The Golden State Warriors (26-24) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-26) met at Paycom Center. This was important meeting for both teams and the Warriors factored in when it came to seeding and tiebreak purposes. The Warriors came away with the win 128-120 guard Stephen Curry led with 38 points.

The Warriors had a great start in the opening quarter scoring 38 points and leading after the first 12 minutes 38-20. The Thunder won the second quarter by the slim margin of 28-25 and the Warriors held onto a nice lead at the half 63-48.

The Thunder have been very good in the second half of games lately winning nine games of their last 13. Golden State would have to hunker down in the second half.

The Thunder won the third quarter 37-31 and after three quarters had trimmed a 21 point deficit to nine points and the Thunder were making quite a comeback.

The Warriors offense went cold in the fourth quarter and with 8:11 left they had a two point lead 100-98. The empty possessions had to stop and the Warriors had to get some stops.

At 2:34 the Warriors made their move taking a 115-107 lead. They did it forcing the Thunder into turnovers and some timely three’s from Jordan Poole and Curry. The Warriors had won three in a row.

Curry had an amazing game scoring 38 points and 12 assists. Draymond Green also had 12 assists and nine rebounds. Klay Thompson had 28. Andrew Wiggins had a far improved game with 15 points and four rebounds. Poole also finished with 15 points. It was an all-around win with some great defense and some great execution of shots late in the game.

This three-game road series moves on to Minnesota taking on the Timberwolves Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors coming off win, Open 3 game road trip in OKC tonight

The Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) got the heave ho Wed Jan 25, 2023 for heaving his mouth guard into the stands and was hit with a technical against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chase Center in San Francisco. Curry came back Fri Jan 27, 2023 against the Toronto Raptors to lead with 35 points. (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Golden State had a shaky start in the first quarter with two turnovers in a row to open this game. They trailed 16-8 at 7:31 before they got going. They continued to trail through the quarter but by the slimmest of margins. At 1:10 Stephen Curry hit a two point shot to tie the game at 31 on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.

#2 The Warriors had two turnovers to start this game and they had two turnovers to start the second half. The opening minutes of the third quarter were a hot mess for Golden State. With 2:45 left in the third not a thing had been decided; this game was knotted at 86 and it was anybody’s game.

#3 The Warriors continued to extend their lead in the fourth quarter with Curry on the bench 105-100 with 7:40 left on the clock. Curry re-entered the game and the rest is history. I got to ask you Barbara after Curry suffered that ejection on Wednesday he just came right back like nothing ever happened and led with 35 points on Friday against Toronto.

#4 Toronto had a nice game but came up just short. They had a great night shooting from downtown hitting a dozen. Fred VanVleet had the high for the Raptors with 28 points.

#5 Barbara all the excitement gets started Monday night at Paycom Arena in Oklahoma City to tip off with the Thunder (24-25) at 5:00pm

Join Barbara for the Warriors Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com